Classic recording. I own every recording Evans made from the very beginning to the end. He's simply one of the most engaging jazz musicians I've heard. He swings, he's lyrical and melodic, has a great harmonic language, and he's always tasteful. Enjoy the music.
I was first introduced to Evans through Kind of Blue
(like most people, I suppose) and immediately found him fascinating. I own The Last Waltz
so I've got his later work covered. I heard the three disc Village Vanguard recordings a while back and loved them and considered ordering that, but I felt it would be biting off a bit more than I can chew musically right this second, so I decided to save it for ordering in a couple of weeks. I also own Moonbeams
but the tubby sound and all ballad thing on Moonbeams
isn't clicking with me right now, and I wanted to hear Evans in a trio format so Undercurrent
is out for serious listening. I suppose you could say I have something of a love/hate relationship with Evans, but I thing that 'hate' is a bit strong. Sometimes he clicks with me, sometimes he doesn't, but when he does it is pure magic. I've never heard Portrait in Jazz
so it seemed like a good point for restarting my journey with Evans.